Flax is a bi-product from the makeup of linen and is a natural, vegetable based bedding. The actual bedding is exclusively made up from the base of the flax plant. It’s the central and wooden-like part of the flax stalk and is protected by its non-allergic fibre envelope. It has an absorption rate of 12x more than straw and 4x more than wood derived bedding, making it the performance bedding of choice. The natural fibre of flax is environmentally friendly and breaks down quickly unlike wood shavings/flakes. Farmed mostly in Manitoba, it is a 100% natural and renewable Canadian resource.
Read the study done at the University of North Dakota and published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
Based on a 12 x 12 ft stall, bare floor, average horse, these are the number of bags/bales on average that each type of bedding would require.
Flax: .5 – .75 bags
Long Straw: 4 bales
Pine Flakes: 3 bags
Straw Shavings: 3 bags
Wood Shavings (Sawdust): 2.75 bags
Hemp: 1.25 bags
We recommend your horse or animal have plenty of hay, their usual feed and water before putting them into a stall with new bedding of any kind. They will be less inclined to sample the bedding. If an animal or horse should try a few mouthfuls, because flax is of vegetable origin, there is no harm done. The flax bedding does not hold any nutritional value so they sometime try it and then leave it for their normal feed, knowing it is of little benefit to them.
Flax straw that was once considered a detriment on the farm, is now leading the way to help farmers contribute this new bio-economy and implementing ‘Green’ farming.
Yes! Flax is suitable for animals, big and small, household or barnyard. Many people use our product for cat litter as it clumps and absorbs the strong urine smell.